Letters From the Past (Guest Post Sample)

On West African scripts and the real-world origin of the Yammaninke Alphabet. With 2019 coming to a close, I realized that I've actually written far more Theonite-related content for other people’s blogs than my own. This isn’t something I regret; I don’t believe I’ve ever mistaken myself for a blogger or led anyone else to… Continue reading Letters From the Past (Guest Post Sample)

Theonite Source Bibliography

African history is so neglected in most of the world that a reader could be forgiven for thinking that the Yammanka people of my Theonite Series are a fabrication that I fantasy-authored into existence to seem interesting. I've written up this bibliography of sources for two reasons: first, to put that unsettling assumption to rest… Continue reading Theonite Source Bibliography

Africa from the Air: scrawlings from my 2014 flight from Belgium to Cameroon

I see a big family of snakes, slithering south and another swimming east. And here is a field of electrical burn scars, all of which break into tiny reptile scales at their edges and--oh my god! Humans! Disclaimer: Not only is this writing five years old as of this posting, it was also scribbled in… Continue reading Africa from the Air: scrawlings from my 2014 flight from Belgium to Cameroon

It’s Charity Month Again! Buy a Book to Fight Malaria!

Through the month of December, 50% of my royalties will go to the Against Malaria Foundation! For newcomers to this site who aren’t aware, my Theonite Series is a YA story in which a team of super-powered misfits fight crime in an African-dominated parallel universe. The world-building of Theonite is heavily based on West African culture (specifically that of the Mande… Continue reading It’s Charity Month Again! Buy a Book to Fight Malaria!

Indigenous Mande Alphabets and Ethnic Identity

Note: The following essay on Mande scripts was originally written for a linguistics and anthropology course I took at Knox College. As it was the last assignment of my senior year and I had a solid A in the class anyway, I used it as an excuse to ramble for pages about the Mande alphabets I… Continue reading Indigenous Mande Alphabets and Ethnic Identity